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Research on Higher Ed Gets a Boost

At a time of great fulmination about the future of American higher education and colleges' ability to successfully educate the country's growing numbers of low-income and academically underprepared citizens, the U.S. Education Department is establishing a new national research center to study just those topics.

The National Research and Development Center on Postsecondary Education, which will be housed at the
Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College, will be the nation's only federally funded research center on higher education.

Thomas Bailey, who directs the Community College Research Center and will head the new national center, said it was noteworthy that the department chose to house its new center in a research program with a "very strong focus on community colleges," since traditionally "the large majority of research on higher education has focused on four-year institutions. Bailey said the choice recognized the growing importance and status of two-year institutions.

This article, written by Doug Lederman, appeared in the July 11th, 2006 publication of Inside Higher Ed.
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